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Squash Season

Fall is a wonderful time for squash.  Squash comes in many varieties: spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut squash and pumpkin. These varieties are referred to as winter squash because they are harvested in the fall and will keep well through the winter months. When selecting squash look for a hard, tough rind ...read more

Fall Farm Products

Apples, pumpkins, and mums, oh my! Check out this list of Farm Bureau members who are included in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Farm Products Directory and sell local products. Honey Hill OrchardKathy Bock & Family11783 Waterman Rd., Waterman815-264-3337www.honeyhillorchard.com Apples, honey, raspberries, pumpkins, squash, Indian corn, apple cider, apple pies, cider donuts, ...read more

Simple Summertime Supper

Mid-summer vegetables are plenty and very versatile. Summer squash are tender and delicious enjoyed raw, grilled or baked. They are light and take on flavors well. Fresh herbs shine bright as they finish this very simple dish for summertime suppers. Select squash that is small to medium in size; as they grow ...read more

Food Safety During Coronavirus

Public health and food safety experts do not have any evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. The USDA provides this information pertaining to food safety during coronavirus: Q: Can I become sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) from food? A: We are not aware of any reports at ...read more

Springtime Cooking

Spring is a time of hope as nature emerges from its long winters rest. Now more than ever this symbol of hope is welcomed to all of us. Get out in your yard or garden and look for the beautiful first sprouts, buds showing themselves off ready to offer us nutrition to ...read more

Make No Bones About It

Bone broth is an economical and delicious way to add nutrition to your everyday meals. Stocks and broths are definitions used interchangeable in the home kitchen. Commercially they are very different. Stocks are not seasoned – they are meant to be neutral in flavor. Broths are seasoned so they taste good ...read more

Handmade & Heartwarming Gifts

As we wrap up the year welcoming in the holidays, the kitchen is a perfect workshop to create gifts from your hands and heart. As a former loyal 4-H member I loved the symbols of Head, Heart, Hands, Health. It was a great influence on my culinary career and has stayed ...read more

Soups On!

Fall is in full swing. With the days getting shorter and the air becoming crisper, we look to foods that comfort and warm us. We gravitate to soup. Soup is the wonderful one pot meal that is so versatile. A favorite of our students here is the Roasted Red Pepper Soup. ...read more

Time for Tomatoes

Tomatoes, like art, come in hundreds of beautiful varieties. They are versatile in cooking and highly nutritious. Harvesting Tomatoes Tomatoes can ripen on the vine but can also be picked a few days before they are perfectly ripe and ripen indoors at room temperature. Tomatoes grown for retail are picked before they ripen ...read more